After doing some reading,...
June 22, 2015
After doing some reading, i decided the pilot metro medium would make an
excellent starter fountain pen...and i think it's definitely lived up to the
praise people have heaped upon it. It was, at least as far as my uninformed hand
could tell, a bit scratchy right out of the gate, but writing some ovals on a
brown paper bag seemed to smooth out the nib. I don't have a magnifier with
enough strength to see if the nib tines are actually straight or not, but it
feels like they are.
after smoothing, it definitely seemed like the stroke was a bit wider than
before, but it could just be my imagination. i'm curious how this pen compares
in feel and line thickness to the fine version, which i was hesitant to get
because i thought it might make for a scratchier feel. If it felt the same as my
current pen, I might be inclined to choose the fine if ordering again.
the pen certainly doesn't feel like a $15 pen. The aluminum body gives the pen a
pleasant heft without it crossing over into being truly bulky. The clip is
secure and keeps the pen upright in my pocket. I haven't had any feed issues
whatsoever. no splotching or ink smears. The pen starts quickly, even after a
day or two of non-use. I do wish that it had a screw-on cap, just for my peace
of mind...but the cap snaps on securely and I generally write with it posted up
because the balance is very good. It also looks great. The gold was a bit blingy
for my taste, but the taupe metal is understated and sharp looking.
I splurged on a Rhodia dot pad just to see if I could see a difference between
types of paper and I certainly could. The semi-glossy rhodia pads hold the ink
beautifully, add some writing smoothness and don't bleed through at all. The
basic steno pads I use at work show bleed through and the paper quality makes
the ink fuzz out a bit.
If you are curious about fountain pens, I don't see how you can go wrong with
this as your first starter pen. The quality is great, the heft is good, it comes
with an ink cartridge to get you started and it also comes with a converter so
you can try some bottled inks later on if that appeals. I'm amazed, frankly,
that this is a $15 pen. They could charge much more and certainly get away with